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Joel Michael Reynolds
Georgetown University
Laura Guidry-Grimes
Georgetown University
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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to intense conversations about ventilator allocation and reallocation during a crisis standard of care. Multiple voices in the media and multiple state guidelines mention reallocation as a possibility. Drawing upon a range of neuroscientific, phenomenological, ethical, and sociopolitical considerations, the authors argue that taking away someone’s personal ventilator is a direct assault on their bodily and social integrity. They conclude that personal ventilators should not be part of reallocation pools and that triage protocols should be immediately clarified to explicitly state that personal ventilators will be protected in all cases.
Keywords COVID-19  Medical Rationing  Pandemic  Disability Rights  Bodily Integrity  Ventilators  Crisis Standard of Care  Emergency Care
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Reprint years 2021
DOI 10.1017/s0963180120000833
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